Do you use Garlic for your cooking? Many people use Garlic to enhance the flavour of their cooking, but did you know that there are many health benefits of garlic? I was particularly curious about the health benefits when people spoke about how Garlic is beneficial to the immunity during the recent COVID-19 season.
Benefits of Garlic
Garlic consists of Allicin, the vital compound inside that is known to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties. In order to get the most benefits from Garlic, you can chop into fine pieces, or puree it and let it sit for some time.
Garlic helps prevent bacterial, viral, yeast and worm infections.
As it is well known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties, it can help combat the viral and yeast infections. Fresh garlic can also prevent food poisoning by killing bacteria like E. Coli, Salmonella enteritis, etc.
Garlic helps combat common cold
Garlic is alleged to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties that relieve the common cold. Allicin, is found to be highly effective in treating cold. In a study, it was observed that allicin was helpful in preventing and treating patients with common cold *
Garlic combat allergies
Garlic have anti-inflammatory properties and can help the body fight against allergies. It helps in inflammatory conditions like arthritis and also show to improve allergic airway inflammation (allergic rhinitis).
Garlic helps lower blood pressure
Allicin in garlic blocks the activity of angiotensin II and helps in reducing blood pressure. You can chew 2-3 garlic cloves daily to bring your blood pressure down.
Garlic improves digestion
Allicin’s antimicrobial helps to improve our gut health and digestive disorders. *
Garlic helps with skin issue
Ajoene an organosulfur compound found in garlic extracts. It is know to have anti-bacterial benefits to treat acne. By applying the raw garlic on your blemishes you can see it disappear in a fast way.
Garlic helps improves cholesterol level
The ability to lower our bad cholesterol (Low-density lipoprotein also know as LDL), and reduce arterial plaque formation. In general, it helps in our general heart health as well.
With multiple benefits of garlic being shared above, I will highly recommend you to include garlic in your daily diet. To reap the most benefits of garlic, eating it raw will be good. Try this recipe below and incorporate it in your breakfast or tea time!
Garlic Basil Bread Spread
- 8 x Fresh Basil Leaves
- 8 x Cloves Garlic
- 1 x teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 2 x tablespoons Canola Oil
- 2 x tablespoons Olive Oil
Preparation time : 10mins
How to do it:
Combine basil leaves, garlic and red pepper flakes in a food processor or blender.
Pulse 3 to 4 times.
Slowly pour in canola oil and olive oil and blend until thick and creamy, about 30 seconds. Add additional oil if needed to make the spread smoother.
And you are good to go and spread it on your bread or as a biscuits spreader!